Common Shortcuts Logic 9

Although almost all your keyboard shortcuts in Logic Pro 9 is configurable, here are some common shortcuts to get you started.

Most of this is also works for Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro 9 Shortcuts


SPACE Play/Stop
Shift+RETURN (Numpad) Play from Selection (fn+Shift+RETURN on MacBook)
Ctrl+R Record Enable Track
R Record
M Toggle Mute Clip
Ctrl+M Toggle Mute Track
S Solo Mode
Ctrl+S Toggle Solo Track
, Rewind
Shift+, Fast Rewind
. Forward
Shift+. Fast Forward
Shift+RETURN Go to Selection Start
Ctrl+, Go to Previous Marker
Ctrl+. Go to Next Marker
K Toggle Metronome Clicks
C Toggle Cycle Mode (Loop)

If you want to resume playback from where the playhead is, press and hold the play button in the transport bar and deselect "Play Cycle".

Deselect Play Cycle

Another way of doing this when "PlayCycle" is on, try to press .. twice [period]+[period] on the numeric keypad. If you are using a macbook, try [fn]+[cmd]+[enter].

Navigation, browsers and windows

Alt+P Project Settings
X Toggle Mixer
W Toggle Sample Editor
P Toggle Piano Roll
S Toggle Score
Y Toggle Hyper Editor
E Toggle Event List
G Toggle Global Tracks
Alt+G Configure Global Tracks
U Toggle Signature List
B Toggle Bin
O Toggle Loop Browser
Alt+L Toggle Library
Alt+C Open Color Palette
F Toggle File Browser
T Toggle Tempo List
Alt+Cmd+T Adjust Tempo Using Beat Detection
I Toggle Inspector
V Hide/Show All Plug-in Windows
Ctrl+K Create Marker
Cmd+Return Rename
L Loop Regions/Folders on/off
Cmd+0 Open Event List
Cmd+1 Open Arrange
Cmd+2 Open Mixer
Cmd+3 Open Score
Cmd+4 Open Transform
Cmd+5 Open Hyper Editor
Cmd+6 Open Piano Roll
Cmd+7 Open Transport
Cmd+8 Open Environment
Cmd+9 Open Audio Bin
Cmd+W Close Window
Cmd+B Bounce
Shift+Cmd+M Zoom Window
Shift+Cmd+I Import Audio
Cmd+L Learn New (for learning hardware controller signals)
Q Quantize Selected Events
Left Arrow Select Previous Region
Right Arrow Select Next Region
Up Arrow Select Previous Track
Down Arrow Select Next Track
Option+Cmd+N New Track
Cmd+D New Track with Duplicate Settings
A Hide/Show Track Automation
Cmd+F Hide/Show Flex View
Shift+Cmd+R Show File(s) in Finder

Zoom Functions

Ctr+Alt+Arrows Zoom Functions
Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow Zoom Horizontal Out
Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow Zoom Horizontal In
Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow Zoom Vertical Out
Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow Zoom Vertical In
Z Toggle Zoom to fit Selection or All Content
Ctrl+Alt+[+] Waveform Vertical Zoom In
Ctrl+Alt+[-] Waveform Vertical Zoom Out
Ctrl+Alt+W Toggle Waveform Vertical Zoom

Editing Functions

Things that will speed up your workflow.

Shift+Alt+Drag Set midi notes to same length
(set your own key label) Forward by Transient (global)
(set your own key label) Backward by Transient (global)
(set your own key label) Go to Next Transient (Sample Edit Window)
(set your own key label) Go to Previous Transient (Sample Edit Window)

Remote Control

Sometimes it is useful to remotley control your DAW. Here are a few tools that can be helpful.

Apple Remote

Apple Remote
  • Rewind: Rewind
  • Forward: Forward
  • Play/Pause: Play or Stop
  • +: Previous Track
  • -: Next Track
  • Menu: Record
  • Rewind long-hold: Fast Rewind
  • Forward long-hold: Fast Forward

iPhone Logic Remote Control Surface with TouchOSC


A great way of controlling Logic is with an iPhone using the TouchOSC App. Initially I had some problems to get this working because I was misled believing OSCulator was required. I'm very familiar with OSCulator and have used it with Wiimotes and other IR sensors for other purposes. For Logic Pro 9, forget OSCulator, you don't need it. TouchOSC contains a rather well working built-in layout for Logic Pro. This is how simple the set-up is.

If you want to create your own layouts, head over to HEXLER and download the Layout editor. I recommend using OSCulator to make all the keycode and MIDI routings. It's quite a lot of work so a good starting point is to look for OSCulator templates for TouchOSC is at this forum.

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